Koyaanisqatsi

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A wildly charitable viewer might describe this as an ecological documentary. Less than 90 minutes transport us from the primordial cuteness of the American South-West (a Good Thing) to the squalor of a Manhattan rush hour (a Bad Thing); and in case you still don't get the message, there's plenty of time-lapse photography to make people look like machines, and an apocalyptic score by Philip Glass to tell you off for daring to find visual pleasure in New York's skyline. At once maudlin and doggedly sarcastic, the film gives you the uncomfortable sensation of being condescended to by an idiot; it is, transparently, a product of the advanced technology it purports to despise. The title, by the way, is pilfered from the Hopi tongue and means 'vacuous hippy'.

Release details

Duration: 86 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Godfrey Reggio
Screenwriter: Godfrey Reggio, Michael Hoenig, Alton Walpole

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Sylvita

2010- Did anyone notice in the part of the film about New York City, there was a shot of a very tall building collapsing? Let's see the Twin Towers crashed in 2001, no, or 2002. I was amazed to see that kind of collapse in this film.